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joe biden is set to send president obama a list of sweeping recommendations to help stop gun violence. the vice president is expected to present a plan that includes a ban on assault weapons. however, the nra says it does have enough votes in congress to block a new assault weapons ban. similar ban from '94 to 2004 was allowed to expire because democrats, after they passed it the first time around, lost a lot of seats in congress and said we're not going to touch this again and people don't want to mess with it because of the perceived power of the nra. that's how powerful the nra is to say it ain't going to pass this time. >> if you look at some of the studies that have been done, really that ban saved lives. if you look at some of the studies. >> i've heard a lot of mixed debate how impactful it was. the crime didn't decrease. it didn't really increase when it expired. >> but there was some new studies out. i think it did certainly make a difference. depending on what you believe. >> we'll see. mixed opinion on that one. >>> the president's choice as the next defense secretary begin
difficult to do. >>> but first, as vice president joe biden gets ready to make his recommendations on curbing gun violence as soon as today, the majority of americans polled by abc news backs major reform. >> here are the numbers. 71% support a new federal database that tracks gun sales. meanwhile, 58% favor a ban on assault weapons, while 55% agree with the nra plan to put armed guards in schools. abc's karen travers is covering this ongoing debate. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, sunny. yesterday, president obama held the last press conference of his first term. he wasn't really willing to go into details about what he's considering on gun control. but he took a lot of questions on that very explosive issue. after the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary, president obama said the nation needed to change. and now he's poised to announce his own game plan on gun control. >> if there is a step we can take that will save even one child from what happened in newtown, we should take that step. >> reporter: president obama received recommendations
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